Today’s Cardinals game live is the first time Arizona will be without starting QB Carson Palmer. Palmer was lost for the season last Sunday with a knee injury and will be replaced by a QB in Drew Stanton who hasn’t started since the Lions drafted him seven years ago. That’s an odd twist of date, but as we watch Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals live online free streaming or on Fox today there are many other reasons to be intrigued.
The Lions vs Cardinals is the game of the week for Week 11, a matchup where the best record in the NFC is at stake. Today’s Lions Cardinals game also holds potential playoff implications, as the victor would hold a tiebreaker that could determine who gets a playoff home game and who hits the road.
A key thing to watch Cardinals game online free live for is Stanton’s play at QB. Against any other team, Stanton and the 8-1 Cardinals would likely look for running back Andre Ellington to pick up some slack. That would seem like a good strategy as Arizona looks to win its seventh straight game with a backup QB. But 7-2 Detroit enters today’s Cardinals game with the NFL’s second-best run defense.
Stanton clearly knows the Cardinals offense as we watch Lions game online free live today. He started three games earlier this season when Palmer went down with a shoulder injury and guided the Cardinals to a 2-1 record. Plus, the Cardinals still have receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. But the Lions are also ranked third against the pass and have the NFL’s best overall defense this season, allowing just 283.4 yards per game.
Detroit QB Matthew Stafford also enters today’s Cardinals game live with a solid receiving corps. And that could be the Lions’ best weapon today. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson will play his second straight game since returning from an ankle injury, and WR Golden Tate has been the NFL’s second-leading receiver this season with 66 catches in his first season since leaving the Seahawks.
Last Sunday Megatron caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, while Tate brought in 11 catches for 109 yards. Arizona enters today’s Cardinals Lions game with one of the worst passing defenses in the league (274.2 yards per game). Though they’re favored by a field goal today, the Cardinals could easily lose today’s Lions game if Stafford gets his receivers going early and Stanton struggles on offense for the Cards.
Here are some pre-game stats to watch Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals live online free streaming or on the NFL on Fox Sports TV.
- Kickoff for today’s Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals game live: 4:25 EST / 1:25 PST
- Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium (the Cardinals are the home team)
- Point spread: the Cardinals are 3-point favorites
- Watch the Lions vs Cardinals game live online free on the NFL on Fox Sports Live page
- Watch the Lions / Cardinals game online live free streaming on the DirecTV website (NFL Sunday Ticket with MAX required)